2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While original Mercedes-Benz M Class was a luxury-SUV forerunner back in 1998, the market sure has changed since then.

Even though the market has become less focused on off-roading and more focused on interior appointments, comfort, and technology, most of these vehicle still offering some level of trail ability.

The Lexus RX 350 is the only one that doesn't take aim at off-roading in any form; it's essentially a tall luxury wagon, but supremely comfortable inside.

BMW's latest X5 lives up to that automaker's reputation for handling, and its interior is now significantly upgraded, but its ride quality is still a potential issue.

The Audi Q7 is a standout for design and interior comfort, and it does offer a third row.

The MDX is an aging design, and one of the less overtly styled vehicles here, but it offers surprisingly good handling and performance along with the great interior versatility that Honda offers in its Pilot.

The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee rides and handles nearly as well as the M Class (it is after all related), and it costs less.

Against most of these models, though, the M Class has the advantage in active-safety features.

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Quick Specs
8.6
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
8.2
The 2013 Acura MDX is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable vehicles to drive, if you must have three rows of seats.
8.6
The 2013 Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability--without the off-road style or pretense.
8.0
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
8.4
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
8.0
The 2013 Lexus RX is plush and premium, and it delivers on that luxury impression, but it's not the over-the-top lavish expression some might seek.
MSRP From     
$47,270$43,280$46,800$47,500$27,695$39,660
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door xDrive35iRWD 4-Door LaredoFWD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
577555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic